SUTRO is a refined, small production, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot project. We make diligently crafted wines from Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County.
Grapes for the Cabernet Sauvignon come from beautiful 45-year-old, dry farmed, low-yielding vines that are completely hand-worked. The vineyards are located on Chalk Hill Road, one of Sonoma County’s most esteemed winegrowing areas. The soils here on the slopes of the Russian River consist of well drained Haire Clay-Loam, veined with volcanic ash from Mt St. Helena. The microclimate here at the intersection of Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Russian River appellations provides hot days and cool foggy nights well suited to classic bordeaux varietals.
|| Elevation 260 ft. || Lat. 38.608, Long. -122.7785 || 12x8 ft. spacing || 545 vines per acre || Simple Curtain/California Sprawl trellis || Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on AXR-1 & St. George ||
Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard has been in the stewardship of the Warnecke family since 1911. Over the years, its incarnations have included sheep farm, family fishing retreat and satellite office for Alice's grandfather's renowned architectural firm, John Carl Warnecke and Associates. In 1973, a portion of the pasture land was planted to Bordeaux varietals, and vineyard headquarters were set up in the old dairy barn. Under the direction of Margo Warnecke Merck, the family tradition of premium wine grape growing continues. She manages the vineyards and farms to Certified Sustainable and Fish Friendly standards with a small dedicated crew who take pride in making the ranch their home as well. The riverside compound and homestead farmhouses form a shared rental community amongst the vineyards, oak woodlands and riparian corridor. The ranch is also an important cultural contributor to Sonoma County and is home to Chalk Hill Artist Residency, founded by the Warnecke family in 2010 to support contemporary artists, inclusive of artists living with disabilities. Today, Warnecke Ranch is a lively community of family, friends, local residents, artists, agriculturalists, environmental enthusiasts, and wildlife. To this rich tapestry Alice & Eliot are adding the thread of winemaking, as the first of the family to embark on this adventure.